I had a baby in 2017. We renovated a house the same year and in 2018 we moved. Needless to say, things have been busy. My art space was in boxes for… months. But here’s my latest commissioned work for Grid Magazine’s September 2018 edition. You can read the article at the end of the magazine.
I recently took on a series of projects - the design and illustration of 4 of LILIPOH Magazine's covers over the coming months. For this first one, the Fall 2016 edition, the editor sent me the issue's article titles as inspiration for the cover and gave me the freedom to choose which direction to take it in. Fall is my favorite season, and I feel strongly that magazine covers should be quick-read images that are colorful or bold in some way. To illustrate the spiritual and structural message of "Sacred Nature, Sacred Structure", I wanted to make sure that the image showed both the intricate veins of the leaves (physical), and the subtle 'aura' or peacefulness of the tree (spiritual).
I'm happy with this final moody & atmospheric seasonal image!
I was invited to join Phantom Hand again for their Halloween show at Masthead a few weeks ago. I had lots of scary politically themed sketches, but eventually settled on this one because it gave me a chance to both poke fun at a particularly outlandish presidential candidate, and draw a properly spooky scene.
This was accomplished through pen and ink, watercolor textures and digital drawing.
I've been doing these ink on watercolor paper forest images lately. They're not revolutionary or anything, mostly therapeutic exercises that temporarily block out the slurry of crazy that is the human condition. I've created a gallery for them here.
And this is how Isthmus used it in their print edition.
A good night of uninterrupted sleep is hard to come by...
We're getting to that stage where little things become knock-down drag out disasters in the mind of our small person.
Loud noises, calling his name over and over and any other exterior detractions are futile against a kid with Thinky Face.
They're like a deadly weapon...
Causes quite a bit of cognitive dissonance...
After the house has been cleaned from top to bottom, this small person of mine leaves a distinguishable trail as to his whereabouts.
Its so unfair. He rolls out of bed with the perfectly quaffed, curly un-done-yet-done look while the rest of us have to employ all manner of devices and products to make our hair do that. Toddlers.
Just the first in a series of comics inspired by my son, nicknamed 'bibble.' There have been so many slang terms in our house that have sprung up around the various conditions of the bibble that I felt compelled to finally get them down on paper.
I always have mixed feelings about fall. On the one hand, I love to put on my favorite jacket and marvel at the electric oranges and reds that leaves morph into. On the other hand, I know it's just a few short weeks away from full on winter....which stretches on for ever and ever. Dark afternoons, dark mornings, dark emotions.
This piece was done using india ink on watercolor paper. I'm experimenting more with brushes instead of pens and I'm liking the effects of these Windsor Newton Series 7 brushes.
I've always been a nut for patterns. This high density fish pattern I started yesterday might be nice as an eccentric wallpaper for a bathroom, or maybe a cushion?
Here's some of my latest work for Kid Dreamer, a new California based punk band. Some time ago they had me design their logo and they liked it so much they hit me up to design the album cover for their debut album "Growing". The album is very much an examination into the heart wrenching, gut turning, undefined slow-motion quality of breaking up, so I figured the best way to describe that would be the distance that grows between people who sleep in the same bed. The bed sheet design explores some of the unsettling turmoil that drives the wedge between these two people.
Just a quick sketch for today. Haven't we all felt a little clouded and unsure where to go next?
Got to thinking about mental health disorders. Depression affects A LOT of people (350 million), and the treatments for it are crude at best. To put this in perspective, cancers of all stripes affect about 35 million people. Apparently funding for depression related treatments is really low. How come?
Then I realized at least one reason is that despondent people are 'controlled' in the sense that they're not going to go off and start revolutions and take down regimes. They're a sector of the population who's behavior is predictably self-destructive and they won't be inspiring dissent against their crooked leaders anytime soon.
So I was inspired to draw this "call to action" style illustration for all of us who battle with despondency.